The United States has said all soldiers from Eritrea should leave Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “immediately”.
The Eritreans have been fighting on the side of Ethiopian forces as they pursue fugitive leaders of the Tigray region, though Ethiopia’s government has denied their presence.
Witnesses who fled the Tigray region have said Eritrean troops were going house-to-house killing young men, looting, and acting as local authorities.
“Credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in refugee camps, and other human rights abuses,” a State Department statement said. “There is also evidence of Eritrean soldiers forcibly returning Eritrean refugees from Tigray to Eritrea.”
The statement reflected new pressure by the President Joe Biden administration on the government of Ethiopia, the anchor of the Horn of Africa, and other combatants as the deadly fighting in Tigray nears the three-month mark.